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"The start of my gaming career, the NES will always hold a special place in my memories. While many of the games don’t hold up as well today (often because of the absurd difficulty levels - I’m looking at you, TMNT!), the NES is home to several all-time classics.
The NES and Mario saved gaming, and I’m a lifelong gamer because of it!"
"Hey this thing is pretty good! We all know the NES changed the world and gaming forever. For every amazing game on this system, there's also a complete dud that is hilarious to play today. For every Mario 3 there's a Cheetahmen 2 out there. But the fact that there's still tons of games on this system from 30 years ago that you can go back to and play and enjoy today speaks volumes. "
"We never owned one when I was a child but my friends and my Aunt had one. Multiple games played but what sticks out in my mind is of course Mario, duck hunt which seemed to be played using an unknown magic to me, and a game I can’t remember the name of. All I remember is I was a knight looking character on a kinda side scrolling game and I would have to jump up tree branches on the sides of the playing area. I had no idea what I was doing but I have a few memories in my memory bank playing this game as a 7-8 year old. The memories give it 5 stars. And if anyone knows what game I’m talking about let me know!
Oh racing against my friends playing track and field was awesome too!"
"Let’s be real this is pure nostalgia, the family got a hand me down when my cousins got a PS1. I was years behind, the 64 was already out, but I enjoyed playing the classics (Mario / Duck Hunt, Kirby) with my siblings and dad"
"See my profile pic. I hardly remember life without the NES. Nintendo is still able to coast on the successes they had with this and the franchises they created. The controller was perfect. Sure there were cartridge maintenance issues but so what. Mario, Zelda, all of it. 716 licensed games alone. Hall of Fame talent.
My now 9 year old still cracks these games on the Switch and the NES classic."
"My first console - I didn't even know what Nintendo was when my brother asked for it for Christmas. It was extremely important in my life and for the video game industry, but I just can't rate it 5 stars since the SNES was so much better. It fixed the issues reading the cartridges, had better controllers and much better games. I still have many fond memories playing the NES though, I enjoyed it for many years."
"I remember my brother and I getting this system for Christmas. Lots of great memories playing tons of different games with my friends and family. I probably would give this a 4 1/2, only because of all the work I had to put in, to get certain games to work. Lol"
"The console that started it all for so many. The NES was so fun and has tons of games to choose from. It can be a little harder to go back and play some of those games, but others won't ever get old. I just wish I could give this 6 stars."
"I was born the same year this system came out and born in the place where the US Nintendo HQ is located, so the NES holds a special place in my heart. This was the system of my childhood. Everyone on my street had one except us…until my dad came home from the Navy Exchange with an NES hidden in a bag. What was cool is my dad nowadays is not a gamer but back then, he loved the NES just as much as we did, even threatening us from touching the system while he had his game of Mario paused so the neighbor could help him. The long lifespan of the system meant lots and lots of great games and this groundbreaking system is one that will always live on."
"First Console that we owned in my house. We had one game, or was it two? Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt! We were only allowed to get it out on special occasions so when it came out, we played for hours upon hours!"
"Another system I don't recall much of, but playing Paperboy, Mario, and even Duck Hunt on this growing up is a memory of mine. Nights my parents would host people over & I wanted to show people my (probably terrible) duck hunting skills hahah"
"What can I say that probably hasn't been said already. This was the beginning for almost everyone in generation. So many fun games to play and a lot were not what I would consider main stream games. Some of my favorites were Jackal, Skate or Die, Spy Hunter and Afterburner. Of course some became more popular over the years.
I think the controller was lacking, too small and cheap feeling compared the the Master System. The games on this system set it apart. I am glad to have experienced NES in its heyday and it will always hold a special place."
"Yup. I'm this guy. 4 stars. Here's why. The Nintendo could have been better if it was designed like the Famicom. As Europeans and North Americans missed out on so many titles that would have cemented this system as the best ever. Going from 60 to 72 pins was a mistake if you lived near sea water. The corrosive pin system created complications. Nintendo did send out free replacements for a long time on the pin connection. But other than that. The system was amazing. It brought to life a brand new invention of home gaming so epic it hasn't been matched to this day. "
"Truly innovative (at the time). I put in so many hours on this system. More than any other. I considered taking away a star because it had issues with the blinking reset button and not getting games to play without (SEEMINGLY) needing to blow out the cartridge, but that's part of the allure. "